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The Most Advanced Use of Gerund And Infinitive

The Most Advanced Use of Gerund And Infinitive
The Most Advanced Use of Gerund And Infinitive

We have already talked about gerunds and infinitives usages and differences. in the article below I am going to tell you the most advanced use of gerund and infinitive in English.

The Most Advanced Use of Gerund And Infinitive

Some common verbs followed by a gerund (note that phrasal verbs, marked here with *, always fall into this category):

acknowledge She acknowledged receiving assistance.
* accuse of He was accused of smuggling contraband goods.
admit They admitted falsifying the data.
advise The author advises undertaking further study.
anticipate He anticipates having trouble with his supervisor.
appreciate I appreciated having a chance to read your draft.
avoid He avoided answering my question.
complete I finally completed writing my thesis.
consider They will consider granting you money.
defer She deferred writing her report.
delay We delayed reporting the results until we were sure.
deny They denied copying the information.
discuss They discussed running the experiments again.
entail This review procedure entails repeating the test.
* look after He will look after mailing the tickets.
* insist on He insisted on proofreading the article again.
involve This procedure involves testing each sample twice.
justify My results justify taking drastic action.
mention The author mentions seeing this event.
* plan on They had planned on attending the conference.
postpone The committee has postponed writing the report.
recall I cannot recall getting those results before.
resent He resented spending so much time on the project.
recommend She recommends reading Marx.
resist The writer resists giving any easy answers.
risk She risks losing her viewing time.
sanction They will not sanction copying without permission.
suggest I suggest repeating the experiment.
* take care of He will take care of sending it to you.
tolerate She can’t tolerate waiting for results.

Some common verbs followed by an infinitive:

  • afford 
  • We cannot afford to buy a house in California.
  • The professors agreed to proofread my essay.
  • The results appear to support your theory.
  • They had arranged to meet at noon.
  • I beg to speak with you.
  • Would you care to respond?
  • She claims to have new data.
  • Will you consent to run for office?
  • When did he decide to withdraw his money from the bank?
  • I demand to see the results of the survey.
  • She deserves to have a fair hearing.
  • The committee expects to decide by tomorrow.
  • The trial failed to confirm his hypothesis.
  • I hesitate to try the experiment again.
  • What do you hope to accomplish?
  • We have learned to proceed with caution.
  • How did she manage to find the solution?
  • The author neglected to provide an index.
  • Do we need to find new subjects?
  • We could offer to change the time of the meeting.
  • They had planned to attend the conference.
  • He was not prepared to give a lecture.
  • I do not pretend to know the answer.
  • They promise to demonstrate the new equipment.
  • She refused to cooperate any longer.
  • Something seems to be wrong with your design.
  • We struggled to understand her point of view.
  • He swears to tell the truth.
  • The team threatened to stop their research.
  • Will you volunteer to lead the group?
  • We could not wait to hear the outcome.
  • She did not want to go first.
  • Do you wish to participate?

Following a preposition (gerund only)

Gerunds can follow a preposition; infinitives cannot.

  • Can you touch your toes without bending your knees?
  • He was fined for driving over the speed limit.
  • She got the money by selling the car.
  • A corkscrew is a tool for taking corks out of bottles.

Note: Take care not to confuse the preposition “to” with an infinitive form, or with an auxiliary form such as have to, used to, going to

  • He went back to writing his paper.         [PREPOSITION + GERUND]
  • I used to live in Mexico.                          [AUXILIARY + VERB]
  • I want to go home.                                 [VERB + INFINITIVE]

Following an indirect object (infinitive only)

Some verbs are followed by a pronoun or a noun referring to a person, and then an infinitive. Gerunds cannot be used in this position.

Some common verbs followed by an indirect object plus an infinitive:

  • ask
    I must ask you to reconsider your statement.
  • beg
    They begged her to stay for another term.
  • cause
    His findings caused him to investigate further.
  • challenge
    Wilkins challenged Watson to continue the research.
  • convince
    Can we convince them to fund our study?
  • encourage
    She encouraged him to look beyond the obvious.
  • expect
    They did not expect us to win an award.
  • forbid
    The author forbade me to change his wording.
  • force
    They cannot force her to reveal her sources.
  • hire
    Did the department hire him to teach the new course?
  • instruct
    I will instruct her to prepare a handout.
  • invite
    We invite you to attend the ceremony.
  • need
    They need her to show the slides.
  • order
    He ordered the group to leave the building.
  • persuade
    Can we persuade you to contribute again?
  • remind
    Please remind him to check the references.
  • require
    They will require you to submit an outline.
  • teach
    We should teach them to follow standard procedures.
  • tell
    Did she tell him to make three copies?
  • urge
    I urge you to read the instructions before you begin.
  • want
    I do not want you to have an accident.
  • warn
    Why didn’t they warn me to turn down the heat?


Present gerund (active form)

Structure 1:
S + GV + Gerund + ROTS


  • He enjoys reading religious books.
  • I hate working with selfish people.
  • I dislike teaching lazy students.

Structure 2:
S + GV + object + Gerund + ROTS


  • I dislike her coming late to class.
  • You should stop him from disturbing the class.

Structure 3:
S + be + adjective + preposition + Gerund + ROTS


  • She is excited about marrying her soul mate.
  • I am interested in learning English.

Structure 4:
S + VF + object + preposition + Gerund + ROTS

  • I will call you after arriving.
  • I met him before leaving Quetta.
  • I drank some green tea after teaching my class.

Structure 5:
S + V + preposition + Gerund + ROTS


  • We always dream about buying a nice house in California.
  • I work on writing a new chapter for the weak student.

Structure 6:
S + (be) phrasal Verb + Gerund + ROTS

  • I am looking forward to meeting you.
  • She is used to driving on the left.

Present Gerund (Passive form):

Structure 1: S + GVF + being + V3 (transitive) + ROTS


  • Every one dislikes being called stupid.
  • He minds being fired for no reason.
  • Many students appreciate being taught honestly at EYES.

Structure 2: S + GVF + object + being + V3 (transitive) + ROTS


  • We recommend the entry test being taken before joining EYES.
  • She prefers the dinner being eaten before the cricket match starts on TV.

Structure 3: S + be c + adjective (VC) + preposition + being + V3 (transitive) + ROTS


  • I am proud of being called a linguist.
  • He insisted on being told the truth.
  • She complains about being disturbed.
  • The students, who come from Quetta University, are proud of being taught by expert teachers at EYES.

Past Gerund (active form):

The active form of past gerund is used to show the present remark/result of a past action. Some specific gerund verbs, such as admit, mention, regret, enjoy, appreciate, remember, imagine, accuse of, apologize for, blame for, responsible for and deny could be used in this case.

Remember: If the first verb of a sentence (the verb used before gerund/infinitive) is in the past form, the past gerund and past infinitive show the past remark/result of a past action.

Structure 1: S + GV + having + V3 + ROTS


  • He denies having stolen the money.
  • He regrets having argued with his teacher.
  • I remember having prayed at the park near Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Rahimi mentioned having gone to Mexico while living in the city of El Paso.

Structure 2: S + be + adjective + preposition + having + V3 + ROTS


  • They are blamed for having killed a lot of innocent people.
  • He is excited about having had the opportunity to learn English at EYES.
  • He is accused of having stolen her heart.

Past Gerund (passive form):

Past Gerund (passive form) is also used to show the present remark/result of a past action, but the only difference is that a transitive verb should be used after been in this case.

Structure 1: S + GV + having been + V3 (transitive) + ROTS


  • I appreciate having been sent to the U.S.A. for modern education.
  • We remember having been taught the basic use of gerund in Step3.
  • She denies having been taken to the movies by her fiancé.

Structure 2: S + be + adjective + preposition + having been + V3 (transitive) + ROTS


  • He is proud of having been given the gold medal.
  • The students are happy about having been taught by Rahimi.
  • They are sad about having been told the bad news.


Present infinitive (active form):

Structure 1: S + INF VC + To + V1 + ROTS


  • We need to serve our country.
  • He wants to improve his English at EYES.
  • She expects to pass the final test.

Structure 2: S+ INF Vc + Obj + To + V1 + ROTS


  • We expect our students to study hard.
  • She wants me to buy her a golden ring.
  • They need us to support their project.

Structure 3: S + be + adjective + to + V1 + ROTS


  • He is happy to marry the girl he loved so much.
  • People will be surprised to see an airplane made in Pakistan.
  • We are eager to establish the branches of EYES in Herat and Mazar.

Present infinitive (passive form):

Structure 1: S + INF VC + to be + V3 (transitive) + ROTS


  • Our students expect to be given the Fulbright scholarships.
  • He wishes to be assigned as a teacher at EYES.
  • All students want to be taught by strong teachers.

Structure 2: S + INF VC + object + to be + V3 (transitive) + ROTS


  • I want your homework to be done properly.
  • We expect our country to be improved soon.
  • We need enough money to be invested in our business.

Structure 3: S + be + adjective + to be + V3 (transitive) + ROTS


  • He is happy to be given the scholarship.
  • My friend is lucky to be taken to Dubai for a vacation.
  • Everyone is eager to be sent to the paradise.

Past infinitive (active form):

Past infinitive (active form) shows the present remark/result of a past action.

Structure 1: S + INF VC + to have + V3 + ROTS


  • His clothes are wet.
  • He seems to have watered the garden
  • Our teacher brags to have traveled to many countries.
  • The municipality of Quetta claims to have paved many streets.

Structure 2:

S + be + adjective + to have + V3 + ROTS

  • She is lucky to have passed the final test
  • I am proud to have studied English grammar in the U.S.A.

Past infinitive (passive form):

Past infinitive (passive form) also shows the present remark/result of a past action. Some specific infinitive verbs such as, seem, appear, remember, look, learn, wish, agree, claim, forget, pretend could be used in this case.

Structure 1: S + INF VC + to have been + V3 (transitive) + ROTS


  • He can`t forget to have been insulted in front of many people.
  • She claims to have been given the highest position within the organization.

Structure 2: S + be + adjective + to have been + V3 + ROTS


  • Obama is happy to have been elected as a president of the U.S.A.
  • He is angry to have been given the wrong information.


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